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Adaptive Sports New England Inc.

 89 South Street, Suite 603
 Boston, MA 02111
[P] (617) 690-9103
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www.adaptivesportsne.org
[email protected]
Joe Walsh
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INCORPORATED: 2013
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 46-3900833

LAST UPDATED: 11/26/2017
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Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

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Mission StatementMORE »

The mission of Adaptive Sports New England is to increase participation in sports among youth and young adults who have visual or mobility impairments. 

Mission Statement

The mission of Adaptive Sports New England is to increase participation in sports among youth and young adults who have visual or mobility impairments. 

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2017 to Dec 31, 2017
Projected Income $182,000.00
Projected Expense $160,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Northeast Youth and High School Sports Initiative
  • Paralympic Sports Club Boston Swim Team
  • Sports Concierge Program
  • Wheelchair Basketball

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Overview

Mission Statement

The mission of Adaptive Sports New England is to increase participation in sports among youth and young adults who have visual or mobility impairments. 

Background Statement

Established in October 2013, Adaptive Sports New England was formed in response to the nation-wide low rate of participation in sports by youth who are visually or mobility impaired.  National studies indicate 20% of youth with these impairments play sports versus 60+% of non-disabled peers.  Founded by two time Paralympian Joe Walsh, the aim of Adaptive Sports NE is to create structures and offer individualized training and technical assistance to support the inclusion of athletes with visual or mobility impairments on school and community teams and leagues.  Adaptive Sports NE also offers Para sport programs through Paralympic Sport Club (PSC) Boston.
 
Since 2014, Adaptive Sports NE has conducted 5 semi-annual Paralympic Experience multi-sport clinics introducing approximately 200 youth and adults who have visual or mobility impairments to adaptive sports and adaptive sport organizations.  These clinics led to the development of Paralympic Sport Club (PSC) Boston. PSC Boston has now completed two seasons of swim team and track and field training.  Athletes from PSC Boston have competed in the Bay State Games, the MIAA All-State Championships, the Adaptive Sports USA Junior National Championships, the CanAM Games and the U.S. Paralympic Team Trials.
 
Adaptive Sports NE has collaborated with the MIAA and ECAC to facilitate inclusion of student-athletes with visual or mobility impairments in high school and college sports.  Adaptive Sports NE also works closely with local community, school and partner organizations to establish and promote specialized inclusive sport opportunities in Greater Boston.  
 
Our goal is that youth and young adults who have a visual or mobility impairment play sports at the same rate as, and with no greater barriers than their peers who do not have these impediments.

Impact Statement

2016 ACCOMPLISHMENTS

1. Collaborated with the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) in the implementation of championship events for Massachusetts high school student athletes who have physical disabilities or visual impairments in swimming and in track & field.
2. Supported the 300 member Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) in the structure of championship events for Division I, II and III student-athletes who have physical disabilities or visual impairments in swimming and track & field.
3. Increased programming through Paralympic Sport Club (PSC) Boston for youth and adults who have visual or mobility impairments to provide weekly camaraderie and specialized coaching that supports and complements athlete participation on community, school and college teams.  
  • Host weekly PSC Boston swim team program at South Shore YMCA (ten month program).
  • Host weekly track and field training at various MA locations.

2017 GOALS

1.Support MIAA and ECAC implementation of adaptive events in swimming and track & field championships through direct technical assistance to these organizations, support of the member schools entering athletes with disabilities, and support of participating athletes and their families.
2. Host a northeast Para swim clinic designed to provide specialized coaching and training to athletes and coaches as well as networking opportunities.  
3. Host a Paralympic Sport Community Day; bringing together Para sport providers and athletes from across New England. 
4. In partnership with local Boys and Girls Clubs, establish Greater Boston wheelchair basketball league.  Provide equipment delivery and maintenance as well as training and support to participants and Boys and Girls Club staff.
5. Introduce a learn to swim program for youth with a visual or mobility impairment.  

Needs Statement

2017 TOP NEEDS

Adaptive Sports New England is excited to increase inclusion opportunities and programming for athletes with a visual or mobility impairment.  In support of this, the following are our top five needs:

1.Purchase, storage, maintenance and transport of ten specialized wheelchairs to be used for wheelchair basketball programs within the Boston area. Cost = $10,000.
2. Investment in communications and outreach programs including development of a targeted public relations and social media strategy.  Major objective to cultivate, manage and expand relationships with athletes, families, associations, schools and community organizations across Greater Boston and New England.  Cost = $40,000.
3. Invest in New England high school inclusive sports design and infrastructure in order to support development and implementation of inclusive athletic programming across all New England high schools. Cost $25,000.
4. Host northeast Para swim development clinic to provide training and networking opportunity for coaches and athletes. Cost $15,000.
5. Invest in creation of promotional video to be used for public relations, recruitment and educational purposes. Cost $5,000.

CEO Statement

Nationwide, 80% of youth with a visual or mobility impairment do not play sports - not at school, not in specialized programs, not at all; and there is no data to suggest the rate is different in Massachusetts.  In comparison, the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) cites that 75% of all MA high school students participate in MIAA sports.  The students with disabilities not playing sports are typical students in typical classrooms exhibiting typical development, yet they are being denied the physical, psychological and social benefits of playing sports.  That doesn't work for me.
 
Though legally blind, I grew up playing baseball, hockey and soccer alongside my siblings and friends.  My passion for sports led me to the cross country ski team at Dartmouth College, the US Paralympic team, and on to a career designing and developing Para sport programs.  But I haven't solved this program yet: four out of five children who have visual or mobility impairments are not getting the chance to play sports like I did.  They and their families do not realize they can play sports, while most teams and leagues are not prepared to support their participation.  They are missing out on all the benefits of playing sports.
 
We can change this.  These children can play sports; we just have to provide the opportunity and teach them how. 
- Joe Walsh, President 
 
 

Board Chair Statement

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Geographic Area Served

GREATER BOSTON REGION, MA
STATEWIDE
New England wide service area.

Organization Categories

  1. Recreation & Sports - Management & Technical Assistance
  2. Youth Development -
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Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)

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Programs

Northeast Youth and High School Sports Initiative

In partnership with the Ruderman Family Foundation, Adaptive Sports New England established the Northeast Youth and High School Sports Initiative in the spring of 2017. The goal of this multi-year project is to expand and enhance the participation of student-athletes with a visual or mobility impairment in high school sports across the northeast states.  The initiative will raise awareness of the opportunities for school age youth with visual or mobility impairments to play sports on existing community, high school and college teams.
Budget  $25,000.00
Category  Recreation & Sports, General/Other Athletics & Sports
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Program Short-Term Success 
Short-term success of this initiative will be evaluated by the number of high schools and states adopting models to include athletes with a visual or mobility impairment on high school teams.  Swimming and track and field will be the initiative's initial focus.
 
Success will also be evaluated based on the level of clinics and training groups established to complement HS team practices and help athletes develop the skills and confidence to participate at any level of competitiveness.  
 
Success will also be measured based on the degree of training and technical assistance provided to school and community program leaders and coaches who include youth with visual or mobility impairments in their programs.  Adaptive Sports New England will work closely with league, association and Para sport officials from across the region to identify and spread best practices for inclusion.
Program Long-Term Success  Long-term success will be evaluated based on the implementation of inclusive models at the high school and state level in each of the northeast states as well as the number of athletes electing to participate in high school programs.
Program Success Monitored By 
Program success will be evaluated through the following factors:
1. Number of participants in current Paralympic Sports Club (PSC) Boston training programs
2. Growth of high impact PSC programs to expand geographic reach.
3.  Host multi-day sport clinics in swimming and track and field to bring together athletes, coaches and administrators from the northeast region for technical training, coaching and networking.
4.  Presentation of MIAA Para model of inclusion to Section 1 (NE) leaders at National Federation of HS Conference Meeting.
5.  Adoption of inclusion models across the northeast states.
Examples of Program Success 
In collaboration with the MIAA, the successful adoption of inclusion models in swimming and track & field at the state level in MA.
 
Establishment of Para swimming and track & field qualifying standards for division and MA state championship meets.
 
Athletes with a visual or mobility impairment participating in the regular season and at division and MA state championship swimming and track & field meets. 

Paralympic Sports Club Boston Swim Team

Launched in the fall of 2015, the Paralympic Sports Club (PSC) Boston competitive swim program offers technical training and coaching designed to address the unique coaching and training requirements of visually and mobility impaired athletes.  Many of the program participants swim on school or club swim teams.  This ten month program meets once a week for 1.5 hours.  
Budget  $20,000.00
Category  Recreation & Sports, General/Other Swimming
Population Served College Aged (18-26 years) Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Program Short-Term Success 
Short term goals for the PSC swim program include the following:
1. Program participants receive the specialized training and coaching necessary for athletes to be confident to join a club, high school or college team.
2. Program participants gain confidence in the water and improve their competitive swim techniques.
3. Program participants experience success on a mainstream swim program or team. 
4. Program participants make friends and develop relationships with a common bond.
Program Long-Term Success  The mission of PSC Boston swim team is to provide specialized training and coaching to athletes with a visual or mobility impairment which will complement participation on mainstream club, high school or college programs.  Long-term success will lead to more athletes with a visual or mobility impairment participating in club and/or school swim programs.
Program Success Monitored By 
Program success is measured by the following metrics:
1. Number of participants in the program, including number of participants attending multiple sessions.
2. Number of participants joining a club, school or college team.
3. Improvement in swimming.
 
Examples of Program Success 
1.  Two athletes qualify for and participate in CanAM Games.
2.  Two athletes qualify for and participate in MIAA division and state championship meets.
3.  One athlete is elected captain of her high school swim team.

Sports Concierge Program

Through its Sports Concierge Program, Adaptive Sports NE provides individualized consultation to athletes with a visual or mobility impairment on Para sport opportunities and programs that best match their interests and circumstances.
Budget  $10,000.00
Category  Recreation & Sports, General/Other Athletics & Sports
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) College Aged (18-26 years)
Program Short-Term Success  Program short-term success will be based on an increase in the number of athletes identifying and participating in programs.  It will also be measured on the ability of Adaptive Sports New England to assist in successfully addressing inquiries on a timely basis.
Program Long-Term Success  Long-term success will be measured based on an increase in the number of athletes with a visual or mobility impairment identifying and participating in Para sport programs and/or inclusive mainstream programs.
Program Success Monitored By  Program success is monitored based on the timely resolution of incoming calls.  Currently the Sports Concierge Program receives on average one inquiry per week resulting in short term follow up.
Examples of Program Success 
Below is a sample of inquiries successfully fielded via the Sports Concierge Program 
1. Advise families of 3 national calibre swimmers on coaching, training and competition opportunities.
2. Secure trained running guides for track and road races on an as needed basis.  To the extent possible, matching the skills of the runners and guides.
3. Identifying a personal coach for an elite blind runner.
4. Counsel the parent of young amputee during discussions with a youth soccer league.
5. Provide racing wheelchairs and training to athletes and coaches across New England.
6. Connect youth with close to home rowing options in three areas of MA. 

Wheelchair Basketball

In partnership with the Boys and Girls Club, Adaptive Sports New England facilitated a four location wheelchair basketball league in the winter/spring of 2016-2017.  The Boys and Girls Club league will continue in the fall and spring of 2017-2018.  A competitive travel team will be introduced in the winter of 2017, and Adaptive Sports NE is also in discussions with targeted middle schools regarding the introduction of a wheelchair basketball segment within the physical education curriculum.
Budget  $60,000.00
Category  Recreation & Sports, General/Other Athletics & Sports
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) College Aged (18-26 years)
Program Short-Term Success 
In partnership with the Boys and Girls Club, Adaptive Sports NE successfully introduced wheelchair basketball at four Boys and Girls Club locations in the winter/spring of 2017.
 
Adaptive Sports NE is currently seeking funding ($10,000) for the purchase of ten sport wheelchairs.  Purchase of these chairs will support expansion of the wheelchair basketball program to additional locations.
 
Adaptive Sports NE is also in discussions with targeted public schools to incorporate a wheelchair basketball segment into the middle school PE program as well as the establishment of a wheelchair basketball intramural program.
Program Long-Term Success  The ultimate goal of this program is to make wheelchair basketball an everyday sport activity, allowing youth and young adults with and without disabilities to play side by side.
Program Success Monitored By 
Program success will be monitored by the number of locations playing wheel chair basketball as well as the number of participants at each location.
 
It will also be monitored by the successful implementation of a middle school PE segment and the introduction of an intramural program.
Examples of Program Success  Introduction of wheelchair basketball at four Boys and Girls Clubs (Dorchester, South Boston, Blue Hill and Charlestown).  Average of 12-15 players per session.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Mr. Joseph F. Walsh
CEO Term Start Oct 2013
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience
Joe Walsh is a native of Braintree, MA, a graduate of Dartmouth College and UMass/Amherst and two-time Paralympian in cross country skiing.  As Associate Director and Director of Paralympics at the United States Olympic Committee (2001-05), Joe designed and implemented the first-ever national team management structure for the 20 sport Paralympic portfolio.  As Managing Director, Paralympics (2005-12), he played a central role in securing and managing nearly $50 million in grants from the Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs (up to $12.5M annually).  Joe led USOC's Paralympic international relations, served as USA's primary delegate at seven International Paralympic Committee General Assemblies, served a leadership role on six USA Paralympic Games delegations, and was USA Chef de Mission at two Parapan American Games.  He provided operational and administrative leadership to the Paralympic Division of up to 43 staff and was responsible for an annual budget of up to $22 million.
 
Prior to 2001, Joe coached youth cross country skiing for 13 seasons, was a founding Director and officer of the New England Nordic Ski Association, served on the founding staff of the C. Everett Koop Institute at Dartmouth, and was the first Paralympic athlete representative elected to the USOC Athletes’ Advisory Council and Board of Directors.
 
After leaving the USOC in 2012, Joe served as an advisor to the International Paralympic Committee as they developed strategic plans for the eight sports directly governed by the IPC, which comprise 75% of the medal program at the Paralympic Summer Games and 98% of the program at the Paralympic Winter Games.  
 
In 2013 Joe brought his expertise back to Boston and founded Adaptive Sports NE, with the goal of increasing participation in sports among youth and young adults with a visual or mobility impairment.  In addition to his full-time dedication to the launch of Adaptive Sports New England, Joe currently serves as Vice President of the International Blind Sports Federation.
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Senior Staff

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Awards

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Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? Yes
Name of state association Massachusetts Nonprofit Network

External Assessments and Accreditations

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Collaborations

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Boston Athletic Association 
Boys and Girls Club
Carroll Center for the Blind 
Community Boating 
Community Rowing
Northeast Passages 
South Shore YMCA 
Spaulding Rehabilitation Center Adaptive Sports 
 

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Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 4
Number of Volunteers 30
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 0%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 5
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 3
Male: 2
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers N/A
Management Succession Plan No
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit No
State Registration Yes

Risk Management Provisions

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Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency No N/A

Governance


Board Chair Mr. Joseph F. Walsh
Board Chair Company Affiliation President, Adaptive Sports New England
Board Chair Term Oct 2013 - Dec 2017
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Christopher Babcock BNY/Mellon Voting
Phil Catanzano JD Holland and Knight Voting
David M. Crandell MD Director, Inpatient Amputee Service, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Voting
Mary Faherty CPA Community Volunteer Voting
Theodore G. Fay PhD Professor of Sport Management, SUNY Cortland Voting
Mujahid Karim Community Volunteer Voting
Mary McCagg Candlewick Press Voting
Heidi Stanish Assoc Professor Exercise and Helath Schience U-Mass Boston Voting
Joseph F. Walsh President, Adaptive Sports New England Voting

Constituent Board Members

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Youth Board Members

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Advisory Board Members

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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 8
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 3
Male: 6
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 94%
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

The founding Board has performed its primary task of setting the organizational vision; those directors will remain in place to shepherd that vision through the first years of operation as the Board is strengthened and diversified to ensure sustainability.

Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2017 to Dec 31, 2017
Projected Income $182,000.00
Projected Expense $160,000.00
Form 990s

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2015 990-EZ

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IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Revenue $65,450 $68,200 $72,710
Total Expenses $76,110 $55,648 $65,324

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

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Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
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Individual Contributions $47,000 $68,200 $72,710
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Earned Revenue $18,450 -- --
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Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Program Expense $76,110 $34,062 $58,547
Administration Expense -- $21,586 $6,777
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Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.86 1.23 1.11
Program Expense/Total Expenses 100% 61% 90%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Assets $11,129 $21,789 $9,237
Current Assets $11,129 $21,789 $9,237
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Total Net Assets $11,129 $21,789 $9,237

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

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Financial Planning

Endowment Value $0.00
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) 0.0%
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund No
How many months does reserve cover? 0.00

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal $0.00
Capital Campaign Dates -
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Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No

Short Term Solvency

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Long Term Solvency

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Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above is per the organization's IRS Form 990-EZs with additional functional expense breakout detail per the Form PCs on file with the state of MA for FY15 and FY14. Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.

Documents


Other Documents

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Impact

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1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

Adaptive Sports New England has three major goals.
 
1. That children who have visual or mobility impairments play sports at the same rate as, and with no greater barriers than their peers who do not have these impairments.
2. That young adults who have visual or mobility impairments can include varsity, club and recreational sports among the factors they consider when choosing a college.
3. That all New Englanders who have a visual or mobility impairment can play the sports they enjoy more often and closer to home. 

2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

In order to achieve its goals Adaptive Sports NE is focused on three main initiatives.
 
1. Inclusive Sport Leadership
Adaptive Sports New England collaborates with youth, high school and college leagues/conferences to include Para sport events in new and existing competitions.  We design inclusive structures and formats, and support leagues/conferences as they implement these procedures.  Our past and current partners include South Shore YMCA, Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston, Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association, Eastern College Athletic Conference, NCAA, US Olympic Committee, and additional New England based college conferences.
 
2. Sport Concierge and Technical Assistance
Through our free Sport Concierge service, Adaptive Sports NE provides individualized consultation to youth and young adults who have visual or mobility impairments on how to get involved in local leagues, teams and programs.  We respond to questions from athletic directors, coaches, parents and athletes.  We research the situation and resources available; we provide training to coaches and guides; and we offer ongoing technical assistance as needed.  Whether an athlete is just getting started or already a seasoned competitor, Adaptive Sports NE will help identify the best inclusion solution available for each individual.
 
3. Paralympic Sport Club Boston and Partner Programs
Adaptive Sports New England's Paralympic Sport Club programs support athletes who have visual or mobility impairments with camaraderie among Para sport athletes and with specialized coaching that compliments and enhances their community, school or college sport experiences.  Adaptive Sports NE conducts PSC Boston swimming, track & field, cross country skiing, and wheelchair basketball programs.  Paralympic Sport Club programs by partners such as Spaulding Adaptive Sports Centers, Northeast Passage and Community Rowing include sled hockey, wheelchair rugby, power soccer, rowing, running, sailing and wheelchair tennis.  There are PSC programs for athletes at all levels of skill and competitiveness including novices and Paralympian.
 
Through a targeted approach of designing inclusive structures, providing individualized advice and offering Para sport training, our hope is that inclusive athletic opportunities for individuals with a visual or mobility impairment will become the norm.  Athletes will know they can participate in sports and coaches will welcome them -- understanding that support is available to facilitate inclusion. Our goal is that athletes with these disabilities can join a team or league with no greater barrier than their non-disabled peers. 

3. What are your organization’s capabilities for doing this?

Through a combination of internal staff, foundation grants and local partnerships, Adaptive Sports New England is well positioned to achieve its goals.  Via his work in Massachusetts, New England and internationally with the USOC, Adaptive Sports NE President Joe Walsh is uniquely connected with many of the key players in the community, high school and collegiate athletic worlds.  Joe has been able to leverage many of these relationships to unite professionals from various schools and organizations on a common goal -- the inclusion of athletes with a visual or mobility impairment. 
 
Joe will continue to work closely with the MIAA and ECAC and other high school and collegiate leagues to promote inclusive athletic opportunities in Massachusetts and across New England. To expand upon the high school sports model, Adaptive Sports New England has recently partnered with the Ruderman Family Foundation on the Northeast Youth and High School Inclusive Sports Initiative.  The goal of this multi-year project is to expand and enhance the participation of student-athletes with a visual or mobility impairment in high school sports across the northeast states. This initiative will raise awareness of the opportunities for school-age youth with a visual or mobility impairment to play sports on existing community or school teams.  Specialized training programs will also be supported via this initiative as well as training and technical assistance to coaches and program leaders.
 
Through generous grants from the Clippership Foundation and the Nielsen Foundation, Adaptive Sports New England successfully implemented a wheelchair basketball league in partnership with four Boys and Girls Clubs in Greater Boston (2016-2017).  Adaptive Sports NE is in the process of applying for funding to purchase ten sport wheelchairs to support expansion of this program.  
 
Under the US Paralympics Gateway to Gold Project and in partnership with the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) Adaptive Sports New England will continue to focus on specialized coaching and training programs, technical assistance and individualized consultation regarding inclusive sport opportunities in swimming and wheelchair track & field.  Under this program, Adaptive Sports NE will offer a multi-day competitive swim clinic, conduct coaches' training sessions in swimming and track & field, offer weekly specialized training programs and facilitate inclusion of athletes in identified competitions. 
 
Relationships with local partners such as the South Shore YMCA, Boys and Girls Club of Boston, Spaulding Adaptive Sports, Northeast Passages, Boston Athletic Association, Community Rowing and the Martin Richard Foundation strengthen our ability to serve the Para sport community. Through these alliances, we are able to leverage resources and intellectual capital, while working to achieve a common goal.
 
Through these initiatives and partnerships, Adaptive Sports New England is well positioned to continue its work in bringing athletic opportunities to athletes with a visual or mobility impairment.
 
 

4. How will your organization know if you are making progress?

Progress is based on the number of youth and young adults with a visual or mobility impairment participating in sports-- whether it be a program run by Adaptive Sports New England, a high school program, a college program, a community program or a program run by another Para sport organization. Progress is also based on the degree to which inclusive sport structures are implemented. Effective communication and education about Para sports to athletes, families, coaches, teachers, athletic directors and community leaders is also important, although difficult to measure.
 
Progress toward certain key goals is measured qualitatively and quantitatively.  Adaptive Sports New England tracks the following metrics:
1.  Participation in programs - the number of athletes attending programs run by PSC Boston as well as participants in partnership programs with YMCA and Boys and Girls Club.
2. Progress in design and implementation of inclusive sport structures is evaluated via collaborations with MIAA, Northeast High Schools, college athletic leagues and community organizations. Progress is assessed based on a review of how well inclusive designs are implemented and the number of Para athletes participating in sports. 
3. Technical Assistance - Progress is evaluated by tracking number of requests for technical assistance and successful resolution rate. 

5. What have and haven’t you accomplished so far?

Overall, Adaptive Sports New England has made tremendous strides in the past three years. The programs in swimming and wheelchair basketball are well positioned for continued growth. The PSC Boston swim team program is highly successful with typically a dozen athletes participating each week.   The introduction of a learn to swim program in partnership with the South Shore YMCA is an exciting step forward, and a model we hope to replicate at additional YMCA and community organizations. The learn to swim program fills a void in the current Para sport offering, and also serves as a feeder program for the PSC swim team. The wheelchair basketball program in partnership with the Boys and Girls Clubs has also been quite popular wth an average of 15 participants each week at each of four Boys and Girls Club locations.  This program will continue in 2017-2018.  This program not only provides the opportunity for youth with a mobility impairment to play alongside their peers at no disadvantage.  It also educates all Boston youth about Para sports. The track and field program for visually impaired runners and wheelchair racers has had variable success.  The 2017 winter program targeted to visually impaired runners was moderately successful, while the spring program in Framingham has had limited success.  Adaptive Sports New England is currently assessing program locations and attributes to focus on going forward. We are also investigating potential collaborations to bolster our efforts in track & field.
 
To date, our partnership with the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) has been highly successful. We hope to replicate the inclusive model adopted in MA across the other New England states. We are in the formative stages of establishing inclusive sport structures at the collegiate level.
 
Each of our efforts has brought us closer to our goal of having more kids with a visual or mobility impairment playing more sports, more often and closer to home.